Smokey, the Commando

The militarization of the local police and every nitwit bureaucracy is going to lead to more and more “accidents.”  When you stop being a civil servant and perceive yourself as civil enforcer, violence will surely follow.  Angelo Codevilla in a recent article notes the following:

Modern militarized government stems from the Progressive idea that society must mobilize as for war to achieve “the greater good.” Hence we have “wars” on everything from hunger and drugs and ignorance and global warming. Reality follows rhetoric. Since the health of “the environment” is a matter of life and death, the Environmental Protection Agency must deal with “enemies of the planet” with armored cars, machine guns, and home invasions. Apparently, even the Department of Education has SWAT teams.

How much longer before the refuse collection company mobilizes against those who fail to properly sort their recyclables?  Don’t laugh, we have moved fully in the direction of the absurd and a violent absurdity it is.  The author points out that not all enemies of the state are created equal.

The focus on “Homeland Security” has only added “terrorism” to our ruling class’ excuses for “going after” conservative Americans. And so, the Department of Homeland Security uses its intelligence “fusion centers” to compile ominously worded dossiers against such groups as “pro-lifers” and such “anti government activists” as “homeschoolers” and “gun owners.” The FBI infiltrates the Tea Parties as it once did the Communist Party. DHS conducts its “practice runs” against mockups of these groups. The IRS audits conservative groups.

Those who love freedom are despised by those who would rule.  It’s always been true.  It always will be.  Thomas Paine would be sitting in Gitmo today along with Adams, and Jefferson.


A Fading Horse

Alphaville in their 80’s song Forever Young, wrote, “It’s so hard to get old without a cause. I don’t want to perish like a fading horse.”  And so for some any cause whatsoever is suitable.

Let’s examine just one case, the organization Femen. They refer to themselves as “sextremists,” whatever that means. The organization is a fountain of philosophical incoherence, feminist buzzwords, Marxist sloganeering and fulfillment of 19th century stereotypes of women as prone to hysteria.   They only reason they have received any attention at all is their proclivity to bare all in protest; but it is hardly shocking and as Brian Eno has pointed out, the only thing shocking anymore is beauty.  Let’s look at some of their inconsistencies:

They support “my body my choice” except for prostitution in which case they are helpless victims of patriarchy except that they are equal to men!

“There is NOTHING holy or good about FORCING a woman to become a mother against her will .”  One supposes that abortion is their sacrament.  Death to Unborn at the hour of my choosing!  The only thing that matters is me.

“Crosses to the dustbin of history!”  They despise Christianity, Islam and all major forms of religion except one and that would be feminism.  It is not surprising that many feminists are atheists since they are simply substituting ideology for religion.

FEMEN protests “against exploitative fashion industry with its beauty standards”  while appearing in fashionable outfits and wearing the fashion of the day along with featuring photographs of their most attractive members on their web site.

“This is a rape of our free will.”  In this case they are again attacking organized religion, particularly Christianity.  If they are atheists, then by materialism, there can be no free will.  As a meat machine your every act can be predicted with sufficient information.

“Stop financial cuts, invest in women!”  We are free and equal to men but we need the state to reach in the pocket of free people take their money and redistribute it for our causes. Self sufficiency is for suckers.

In the end these are women without a center seeking any cause.  They are not feminine;  they seek only to be men.  They live by the “unreality principle” coined by John C. Wright: “reality is bad and unreality is good, therefore unreality is real.”  Quoting him:

The unreality principle is a principal of despair. Despair is the default state of pagan man. It can take the form of grim stoicism, which vows to endure all suffering through self-reliant self-discipline; it can take the form of hedonism, which fiddles while Rome burns, and resents any imposition on its self indulgence fornications and abominations; it can take the form of Buddhist resignation to the world and the self as deceits, and escape promised only in the serene non-being of Nirvana; it can take the form of Confucian pragmatism, which concentrates on maintaining the social order, and does not fret about deeper questions of the origins of the universe or the meaning of life.

Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote: “Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.”

Life in a Soft Tyranny

This is how it looks:

The United States has 5 percent of the world’s people, 25 percent of its incarcerated people, and half of its trained lawyers (who now take about 10 percent of the GDP); the legal system is an embarrassment, and the criminal-justice system is a disgrace, in which prosecutors win 99.5 percent of their cases, 97 percent of them without a trial. The legislators of the country are ultimately responsible for this corruption of what the Constitution and Bill of Rights set up as a just and merciful Society of Laws. The terminal cancer of legal paralysis spreads every week of every year. Unctuous platitudes from the era when Norman Rockwell painted the country, our grandmothers set out the Corn Flakes and the apple pie, and Hollywood was pro-American won’t cut it now, even if the United States even back then was a much more complicated country than it thought it was.

You find stories like these regularly where the bureaucrats are too lazy to exercise any judgment whatsoever driving people into despair and death. The evil can be libertines or law and order absolutists.  What they never are is loving and judicious.

A week after he was arrested for running naked across the Sparkman High School football field during a September 27 game in a streaking gag, and just one day after school officials threatened criminal charges against him that could have resulted in an adult prosecution and conviction requiring lifelong registration as a sex offender, 15-year-old Christian Adamek from Huntsville, Alabama, hanged himself. He died from his injuries two days later.

Update:  Read this story, incredible.

The Devil’s Own Never Fatigue

If he had any shame, if he was anything more than morally bankrupt, he would have disappeared into society never to be heard from again.  But alas, like so many lefties he fled to academia to poison the minds of students with an ideological worldview so disconnected from reality that it ought to constitute mental illness.

Have you ever noticed that the most evil work hard at appearing to be good?

Bill Ayers, who helped lead the Weather Underground as it waged a bloody war against the U.S. government in the 1960s, then went on to a career in academia, recently urged those attending his book promotion to be “good citizens” and “moral people.”

A Drill Bit Boring Into Your Entire Life

Let the abuse begin. This is without a doubt going to be an epic failure.

As it turns out, as the Washington Post reported last week, ”the federal government is paying Equifax to collect annual income information on consumers so they have another resource to check people’s eligibility for subsidies.” So it appears they are also using the information from credit reports to verify the identity of site users. Are they collecting credit information on all Americans or only those who try to buy health insurance through the federal exchanges? And on which page — of the 20,000 pages of federal Obamacare regulations — do we find that directive?